Jacob deGrom was stellar on the mound and in the batter's box. "That's how many you've got to play through". Duda didn't slide and Wieters tagged Duda as he touched home plate, but the ball went flying out of Wieters' glove, upon which home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa changed the call from out to safe. Seth Lugo took the loss, falling to 1-1 this season after giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while striking out five over 6.2 innings of work.
A career.199 hitter in 176 at-bats coming in, deGrom also provided the biggest jolt.
Scherzer got ahead of Cespedes 1-2 before New York's left fielder fouled off five of the next seven pitches in working the count full.
"I love it - I love competing against the best", Scherzer said.
Nationals: LHP Matt Grace was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse for his fifth stint this season with Washington. He said he used injured captain David Wright's bat for this drive, having tried it once before and playfully describing the lumber as "a good bunting bat".
"The way he played today, that woke some guys up", Collins said.
Scherzer allowed one run and four hits.
Conforto, who had been hitting.174 over his past 20 games entering Sunday, ripped another RBI single in the sixth inning, with Curtis Granderson extending the lead to four with an RBI single in the seventh.
Trea Turner tied a franchise record with four stolen bases. However, he hit into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play in the ninth.
Fantasy Impact Gsellman's ERA rose to an abysmal 5.50 on the season (in 68 2/3 IP) and he now carries a 1.54 WHIP. He said first base coach Davey Lopes, who swiped 557 bases in the majors, had given him a key piece of advice. "You can't tuck your tail between your legs and run and hide. He's pushing me to run and that's huge for me personally". UP NEXT Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (3-2, 6.39 ERA) pitches the series finale. He was on the DL in May with a lower back strain.
"You saw in the third inning - he started getting it going", Mets manager Terry Collins said. In his return from the disabled list, he won at Atlanta last weekend.
The Nationals landed their first jab at Lugo two pitches into the game. Now, things are never that easy for the Mets, but even taking three of four games would whittle the division deficit down to a manageable 6 1/2 games.
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